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San Francisco Greek Film Festival to Be Held April 16-25 with Free Screenings

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The San Francisco Greek Film Festival (SFGFF) announced their 2021 event, which will take place April 16-25. The Festival will be held online with one in person drive-in event, with all virtual screenings available free of charge as a gift to the community.

All programming is to be announced, more information is available online: grfilm.com.

The Festival team successfully held a previous virtual event this past October, and with that very positive experience under their belt, they look forward to sharing new film programs in the upcoming 18th Annual Festival. Continuing another popular feature from last year’s Festival, the upcoming event will include a drive-in movie presentation, to be held at Par 3 at Poplar Creek in San Mateo, on Sunday, April 18; other details are to be announced, including the film program and admission charge. Until indoor theatres are able to reopen, the nostalgic experience of a drive-in movie is a safe opportunity to watch a film in person with an audience, and the SFGFF is delighted to gather their fans together for this special event.

“Since the world isn’t quite ready for audiences to gather as we’ve been used to, we’re ready and proud to present the 2021 San Francisco Greek Film Festival primarily virtually, with a fun drive-in event,” says SFGFF Director Maria Nicolacakis. “Holding the first ever SFGFF virtual event last year was such a joy, with great audience response. We’re delighted to offer our online screenings free of charge again, with thanks and acknowledgment to our sponsors and supporters, as we continue to fulfill our mission to present Greek and Cypriot films.”

The virtual screenings will be available for free, though donations are encouraged and appreciated. The price for the April 18 drive-in movie is yet to be announced.

Started in 2004, the San Francisco Greek Film Festival (SFGFF) is the first and longest-running Greek film festival in the U.S. SFGFF is dedicated to recognizing, supporting, and promoting the best film work by Greek and Cypriot filmmakers from around the world. With screenings of new, innovative, and highly acclaimed films and different events around the annual film Festival week, the SFGFF seeks to inspire, engage, and entertain its diverse audience. Throughout its history, the Festival has also featured screenings of classic films. Through the powerful medium of film, the Festival sustains, elevates and promotes Greek culture, history and language in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. The SFGFF has showcased some of the most highly regarded Greek/Cypriot films produced over the past 18 years. Since its founding, the film festival has showcased nearly 350 movies, hosted nearly 60 filmmakers as guests, and inspired, engaged and entertained over 9,000 attendees from San Francisco and throughout the Bay Area.

The SFGFF is funded through sponsorships by individuals and businesses, grants and ticket sales. Entirely run by volunteers, the Festival staff works throughout the year to plan the event, supported by an Advisory Board of experienced and respected community and industry leaders. Proceeds of the film Festival benefit the Modern Greek Studies Foundation, a San Francisco nonprofit which is committed to enriching knowledge and appreciation of Greece’s linguistic, literary, cultural and historic contribution to the Western World. Sponsorship opportunities are available for the 2021 SFGFF; see the website grfilm.com for details.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/SFGreekFilmFest.

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